|1.||a humorous anecdote|
|2.||something that is said or done for fun; prank|
|3.||a ridiculous or humorous circumstance|
|4.||a person or thing inspiring ridicule or amusement; butt|
|5.||a matter to be joked about or ignored|
|6.||joking apart seriously: said to recall a discussion to seriousness after there has been joking|
|7.||no joke something very serious|
|8.||(intr) to tell jokes|
|9.||(intr) to speak or act facetiously or in fun|
|10.||to make fun of (someone); tease; kid|
|[C17: from Latin jocus a jest]|
"American manufacturers of playing-cards are wont to include a blank card at the top of the pack; and it is, alas! true that some thrifty person suggested that the card should not be wasted. This was the origin of the joker." ["St. James's Gazette," 1894]Practical joke "trick played on someone for the sake of a laugh at his expense" is from 1804.
see all joking aside.